Neil Young writes "A Letter Home"
What's an artist like Neil Young to do after preaching for months about studio-quality audio being made accessible to the masses? What's the next step after raising $6.2 million for Pono (a digital music service) on Kickstarter? For Young, it's the release of a brand new album.
"A Letter Home," Young's 34th studio album, bowed on April 19, 2014 on Record Store Day. The entire album, which consists of cover songs by artists like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Gordon Lightfoot and more, was recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at Jack White's Third Man store in Nashville. A note on Young's website describes the project as "an unheard collection … .recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology (that) captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever."
Young has been out on the road since the beginning of the year, having played some pretty big venues. In January he did a four-night stand at New York's Carnegie Hall. In March, he played four nights at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, then stopped by the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas before moving on to the Chicago Theatre in Illinois.
Young's summer dates with Crazy Horse commenced in July, and included a stop at London's Hyde Park on July 12. There was also a show in Ulm, Germany on July 20th and an upcoming stop at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo (August 7th). Young and Crazy Heart return stateside in September to play Farm Aid.
Neil Young debuts "Drive My Car" (Updated 9/27/13)
Neil Young recently shocked fans when he showed up at the 300-seat capacity Johnny D's in Somerville, Massachusetts and debuted a brand new song, apparently titled "Drive My Car," while playing in his wife Pegi's backing band. That band, the Survivors, features many veterans of past Neil Young tour, and the song itself appeared to be similar to material on "Fork in the Road," Young's 2009 LP about his electric car project.
The appearance came as Young was in the midst of weeks of driving cross-country in LincVolt, a 1959 Lincoln Continental that's powered by electricity and cellulosic ethanol. During the trip, he spoke at a press conference with Sens. Harry Reid and Debbie Stabenow about the Keystone pipeline, and his journey was chronicled on a Tumblr account called "The Passenger Chronicles."
Pegi Young's tour wrapped up September 21 at Farm Aid in Saratoga Springs, New York. As always, Neil Young was also on the bill, along with Willie Nelson, John Mellancamp and Dave Matthews. Rumors are also swirling that Crosby, Still, Nash and Young will reunited for a tour in 2014. The quartet is playing at the Bridge School Benefit at the end of October, marking their first public appearance in seven years.
Neil Young puts pen to paper, wages 'Heavy Peace' (Updated January 23, 2013)
Through his long and storied career, the one person Neil Young never really talked about was…himself. Thus the epic 502-page "Waging Heavy Peace," Young's official autobiography, came as a surprise to fans and critics alike.
Released on September 25, 2012, "Waging Heavy Peace" recounts the most memorable moments of Young's life and career – from the time spent in the post-filled boulevards of Los Angeles to his rapid rise to fame as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash. What it failed to add (and for good reason), was a 'final chapter' to Young's life, as just a month prior he was mistakenly reported dead on the NBC News website.
Indeed, Young has a lot of life left in him and left in his music. Most recently he released two albums with Crazy Horse, including "Americana" in June 2012 and "Psychedelic Pill" just five months later. The collaborations were their first original work since 2003-2004 and led to reports that Young and Crazy Horse would be launching their first tour in eight years in support of the projects. That tour not only came to fruition, it ran through the end of 2012, with the final stop at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Tuesday, December 4.
Things were going so well there was immediate talk of taking the Young and Crazy Horse overseas. The legendary rocker ultimately announced four shows in the UK for June 2013, kicking off the run of concerts at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena on June 10. He will then play Birmingham LG Arena on June 11, Glasgow SECC on June 13 and London's famed O2 Arena on June 17.
In addition to the tour, Young is also busy working on Pono, a high-resolution digital music-download service, player and audio format designed to compete with the MP3 and other formats. He has already filed a trademark application and registered a domain name for what is sure to be another memorable foray into the world of technology for the singer.
A History of Neil Young tickets
Over a career that spans five decades, rock singer-songwriting legend Neil Young has played with so many musicians and different combinations under so many different band names it's difficult to count them all. Of course, his stints with the folk-rock classic group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is his most famous collaboration. But through all his partnerships with others, it's his solo career that marks his trajectory, even during the years with CSN&Y.; Neil Young tickets are a way to see why this iconic, enigmatic rocker has endured for so many years. When you see him live, you understand: it's about his deep belief in music, about the emotion he invests in every performance, and about the way he refuses to apologize for saying what he needs to say and being who he is. It all comes out on stage, where he is most comfortable.
A Musical Chameleon
Neil Young, perhaps more than any other recording artist, has changed his stripes so many times, you never know in what direction he will venture next. Young was born in 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, and played in several groups in Canada, including backing up Rick James in the Mynah Birds, before heading to Los Angeles in 1966. There, he resparked an acquaintance with Stephen Stills and they quickly formed Buffalo Springfield. He meandered among groups with Stills, then with David Crosby and Graham Nash, while maintaining his solo progress and touring with Crazy Horse. The 1970s were a decade filled with hits for Young, with his albums After the Gold Rush and Harvest setting high expectations. After being named 1970s Artist of the Decade by Rolling Stone and The Village Voice, Young continued to morph his sound and style, hitting hard with 'Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)' from Rust Never Sleeps in 1979, then 'Rockin' in the Free World' from Freedom in 1989, then the hit, among some, 'Let's Impeach the President,' from Living With War in 2006. And he shows no signs of slowing down, having released D?j? vu Live in 2008 and archive compilations more recently. At the very least, Neil Young tickets are a must for anyone hoping to see an all-time rock legend live.
Lineup, Dates & Venue Set for Neil Fest in NYC
New York City's Bowery Ballroom will play host to a Neil Young tribute of epic proportions. Neil Fest: A Night to Celebrate The Music of Neil Young will feature Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Jakob Dylan, and a plethora of other musicians all joining forces to honor one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time. Featuring…Read more
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